Our randoms roundup continues with this titanium flask and derailleur/friction shifter clipboard from King Cage. No, you won’t actually be able to buy them, but they’re pretty cool. The clip board works by shifting the rear derailleur to open up the piece of gear. Shift the other way and it clamps it down on the paper. Cool.
From here, things stay kinda weird (and neat. and ridiculous) if not useful…
Effetto Mariposa has made Carbogrip to help keep your composite parts from slipping. Now, they’ve got Carbomove to help loosen stuck bits for easier adjustment or removal.
Bikmo’s new case us a mix of a firm surround with soft-shell sides. The really nifty feature is the solid base that provides a mount for both axles and holds the entire frame securely in place:
The solid base protects the chainrings, letting you adjust the mounting height. Just remove pedals, wheels and handlebar. It’s strikingly similar to the Evoc case with the addition of the sturdier mount, so it could be a collaboration At the moment, neither site shows this particular model, and this was yet another walk-by shooting.
Riesel Design will wrap your bike in graphics through a combination of transfers, paint and coatings.
Check their website for more stunning examples of their work.
The QBike Washing Station is a fully automated bicycle washer. Just put the bike in, hit start, and your ride should come out shiny. It’s aimed at busy retailers and bike parks or other destinations with high foot (tire?) traffic. You’ll need that traffic to recoup the roughly $2,000 price tag, but if you have a market for it, it’s probably quicker and more eco-friendly than a bunch of hoses and mats outside. There’s no harmful chemicals in the water used to spray the bikes, so waste water is harmless. Watch it in action:
Slidepad is an ingenious little brake adapter that uses the rear brake pads to automatically pull the front brake just enough to safely slow or stop you with just a single lever. It works by using their custom brake pad carriers in the rear that allow the pad to slide forward during braking. As they do, they pull the cable coming out of the back of the carrier, which runs to the front brake and actuates it.
It’s pretty cool to see it work, and it’s effectively an antilock braking for the front, making it a really safe option for commuter bikes. Retail for an upgrade kit to retrofit any bike with linear pull “V” brakes is just $49.95, and they’re OEM on some Jamis bikes now.
We spotted this Iglhaut Allrad Mercedes Sprinter conversion in the parking lot at Eurobike and just stood there slackjawed for a while. Ready to waste some time dreaming of your next adventure wagon? Just search “Iglhaut Allrad Sprinter 4×4” or “Mercedes Sprinter 4×4” and kiss the next hour bu-bye.